Deception: A Love of Lies by T. J. Blake



The author sent me an ARC of this book (pdf format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

“Through the stark and leafless trees, I see her.

I remember the first day I saw her; an instant attraction. I think she’s beautiful. She has such pensive blue eyes; they remind me of a blue sky right before the sun descends. Every time I see her I want to talk to her, I want to get to know her, and I want to be her friend.

She usually completes the lower woodland walk in six minutes and forty-two seconds; she misses the deeper woodlands and goes home, I believe.

I walk down the road at the same speed as her. She reaches the crossroads at the bottom of the road, looks both ways, and then jogs across into the garden of a house. I stop walking and concentrate on which house is hers.

I can’t stare too long but I am intrigued already, I will come back.”

T. J. Blake’s psychological thriller, ‘Deception – A Love of Lies’, will not let you look at passing dog walkers the same.

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Suspense
Series: n.a.
Length: 380 pages
Release date: 2016-07-30



Opening my eyes, I see her kneeling in front of me, but the image disintegrates. I sit up straight and look to the wall. The images of Cindy have gone; all that remains are the photos of the woman from the dog walks and my nocturnal visits to her house.

My Opinion

Yes, he did it again. T. J. Blake knows how to create a subtle feeling of thrill in a reader’s mind. This book introduces you to Billy Allen and his dog Ella. Ella is adorable, and Billy… You need to find out about Billy yourself.

With Deception: A Love of Lies, T. J. Blake has once again created a story of normal surroundings with a mysterious character; he might be mad, and he might be sane. Similar to the case of Schroedinger’s cat – you can only find out if you read this book. It is a compelling read, drawing you into Billy’s house. T. J. Blake knows how to keep you glued to the story, in dire need of finding out who/what Billy really is. Billy and Eve are quite complex, despite the mixed emotions I had about them. The story comprises authentic characters, interesting turns, and has a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like suspense stories with characters who might turn out every which way, and a subtle creepiness.


In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – present and past tenses
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳
Sexual content 😳


About the author

T. J. Blake is an indie author in the UK, most known for his thriller and horror novels. Currently living in Surrey, T. J. Blake by day is a Copywriter for a Digital Marketing Company and by night an author. T. J. is currently writing the final book for ‘The Endurance Series’ – due for release in 2017.

Blake has self-published two books from ‘The Endurance Series’ – ‘Endurance’ ( and ‘Endurance: Apocalypse’ (, a standalone mystery thriller called ‘The Author’ (, and his brand new psychological thriller, ‘Deception’ (

Being a child that needed speech therapy and extra support with writing and spelling, Blake was never considered to be a child who would enjoy the craft of writing. His passion for writing lopsided slightly as school life took over; but once he completed his GCSE’s, Blake then showcased his writing in College. The A-Level subjects English Language and Film Studies encouraged him to write more and to continue a journey into further education. After two years at Godalming College, he went to Kingston University to study Creative Writing with English Language & Communications in 2012.
After three years of intense studying and writing, Blake was very proud to receive his Bachelor of Arts with Honours Degree in Creative Writing with English Language & Communications in 2015. His Creative Writing studies helped him to fully grasp the concept of writing, plot structure and entertainment, whilst English Language and Communications allowed him to learn about language and how people communicate in both the reality and the fictional world.

The prospect of writing to entertain people across the world at first was terrifying to Blake, but now it’s something he thrives on. Since becoming a self-published author in 2013 with CreateSpace, Blake has written and self-published four novels, which are all available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Waterstones Marketplace.

Blake on writing – “Writing is a powerful tool, especially Creative Writing – it gives you the freedom to create a whole new world inside yours and your reader’s mind.”

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Deception: A Love of Lies?  Or – if you did not yet read Deception: A Love of Lies – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂







Three years of self-publishing as T. J. Blake

Dear readers,

Let me introduce you to author T. J. Blake!

T. J. Blake #Author

March 2016 marked three years into my indie author career, and the 23rd of August marked three years since I was featured in The Surrey Advertiser, with my debut novel, Endurance.

My time of self-publishing horror and thriller novels has been a real blast; I simply cannot complain about my experience with self-publishing what so ever. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing numerous stories for people to read, I’ve loved hearing what people think of my stories, I’ve been both stunned and thrilled about seeing sales across the world, and I’m excited for what’s to come.

I thrive on entertaining people and I love nothing more than getting lost in my own imaginary world, surrounded by people who I do not know but care about tremendously; and then left to observe this universe, and tell you what is happening.

My love for writing will never change, so there is a…

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The Author by T. J. Blake


Story Cartel sent me a copy of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  3  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Four years after his wife and children disappeared, Ryan Milligan decides it’s time to let go of the past and move to a new home on Mulberry Lane. Ryan hoped his new house and peaceful neighbourhood would help him to cope better with the pain of losing his family and to continue his search. Whilst settling in and writing his new novel, ‘Killing For Your Love’, he realises things are not what they seem…

“My new house is only a mile away from the home I used to live in with Tan and the kids, but now I feel like I’m in a different world. I can’t help but feel like I’ve been here before and done this before. There’s a presence here, I can feel it. There are things happening in this house that aren’t normal. I’m threatened by the lack of control I have over them.
There’s one room where I feel it most, and as I stare at the door leading down into the basement, it begins to creak open.”


My Opinion

The book introduces you to its protagonist, Ryan Milligan, an author whose wife and children disappeared four years previously. He moves to a new house, soon feeling that something is not right. There are weird neighbours, strange dreams, women are murdered in the neighbourhood. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With The Author, T. J. Blake has created a horror story that requires your concentration. The story provides you with the present, excerpts from the author’s ‘Killing For Your Love’, and Ryan’s dreams and/or nightmares – not necessarily in that order. It is easy to distinguish the book excerpts, harder to separate nightmare from reality. I couldn’t help considering if Ryan had lost his marbles. The Author is not an easy read, comprises interesting turns, the brutality towards the end is a little exaggerated. T. J. Blake seems to be an author with real potential.

3.4 stars


About the author

T. J. Blake was born in England, Guildford in 1993. He currently lives in Surrey and studies at Kingston University. T. J. Blake has had a passion for writing stories from a young age, and he has always dreamt of being able to release his material for people to read and enjoy.


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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Author?  Or – if you did not yet read The Author – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If The Author was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂